Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Count Down is On!

It's almost 2010!...

Since we have less than two days to go, why not reflect back on some of my favorite things of 2009...   I'd like to disclaim that no way am I promoting any of these products as HG ("Holy Grail") items, but just things I found this year and really enjoyed using, wearing or drinking ;)

My hair has made a total turn around in 2009.  It's extremely thick and I have a ton of it.  It's naturally wavy and dry (read: curlyish with frizz, fly aways, and prone to breakage).  After switching through a few shampoo and conditioners, I finally found love with Frizz by Living Proof. 

It's sulfate free which fits perfectly into my 'trying to live greener' ambitions... 

Also have to give a shout out to Saltwater Dreams for reviewing and raving about Paul Mitchell Quick Slip.

It truly has cut my drying and straightening time in half from almost 30 minutes to 15.  I use 1 pump or two and put it in the bottom half of my hair (from the nape of my neck down).  I then blow dry with my X5 Dryer and jumbo round brush to get my hair straight - no flat iron necessary.

Last product adding to my hair's health is Biotin supplements.  

Ever since taking these supplements I've noticed (as well as my stylist) how much stronger my hair is and how much less breakage and split ends there are.  I'm pretty sure the bottle of vitamins cost me about $1 at Target and it will be saving me $100s by being able to extend my trims. (Also makes my nails grow like crazy!)

I have to give credit where credit is due, Thanks Mom!  She got me hooked on Philosophy skincare products.  Again, not saying they are the best out there, but they work great for me... this is the line up I'm currently using....

Because my skin is super dry in the winter, I recently added this moisturizer to my routine. 

My skin freaked out in November from the change in climate and this has put the balance back in.  My face feels moisturized all day, and for less than $15 you get a ginormous tub, so no need to skimp.  I layer this stuff on morning and night and all over my neck too!

Just wanted to add in my favorite purchases that I've been wearing to death..... no further explanation needed.

Statement Necklace by Etsy seller MakeThisYourOwn

Yeah, this is kinda a dumb item, but I seriously wear it all the time (like even right now!) - by itself with a fun necklace, with sweaters, jeans, or sweats... best part it was $6 at Target!

Old Navy Belted Cropped Sleeve Coat

Ok, so I don't wear these all the time...  Actually, I only wore them once - to my wedding!  But oh so pretty... had to make them one of my 'Favorite' Things....  Kate Spade Lora

Other Random Loves of 2009

Pretty.  Versatile. that is all.

Essie Angora Cardi

April at Highs Lows and Stilettos has raved about her multiple uses for vinegar and I can't agree more.

Heinz Vinegar

Seeing what this thing picks up every week would make you sick to your stomach... best cleaning investment ever and kinda makes vacuuming fun... sorta... a little bit.
Dyson Animal Ball

We got this in February and it's one of my fav pieces of furniture.  It has since been discontinued, but they came out with a new version.

Crate and Barrel Galerie Spirits Cabinet

We owe our amazing honeymoon to these books.  Highly HIGHLY recommend picking up if you are going to the islands...

and a book series not so highly recommended, but who doesn't love a guilty pleasure...

 The Twilight Saga

Lastly, I wouldn't be ending the year right if I didn't devote a whole section to my favorite wines... all of these retail between $10-$20 and are super delish and not headache inducing like Yellowtail... branch out people, branch out....

In no particular order...

Chalone Vineyards Pinot Noir

Mark West Pinor Noir

Red Truck Merlot

Concha y Toro Xplorador Merlot

Ravenswood Red Zinfandel

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

and yeah, this guy is over the $20 limit, but is our FAVORITE... local and delish, can't wait to share it our on 1st Anniversary

 Please share with me your fav finds of 2009, I'd love to try some new things in 2010!


  1. YAY! Glad you like the QuickSlip too! I also swear by CeraVe. And on your rec, I have a bottle of Mark West waiting to be opened tonight!! :)
    PS-Angora Cardi looks soooo pretty!!!

  2. I love your favorite things (especially the Twilight saga), minus the red wine... I'm a white/blush wine girl myself. I'm trying to find a skin care regiment that works best for my skin, but I just end up switching between OTC cleansers every couple months.

    my favorite things of 2009 include: Pureology Shampoo & Conditioner, Urban Decay's Primer Potion, Benefit's Bad Gal Lash mascara, Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, ruffles on button up shirts, Activia yogurt, Relax Reisling.

    I'm sure I could think of more, but that's enough for now. :)

  3. Andi - glad to hear your starting your b-day off right! Can't wait to hear if you like it :)

    And Angora Cardi was part of Essie's Fall 2009 colleciton. I like that its not a super dark typical fall color and I think I'll be able to wear it well into spring because of the lavendarness (technically term)...

    Mandee - I was using Pureology before switching to No Frizz. I really like that its natural as well and may eventually switch back.

    I use Bad Girl Lash as well, I know its not the BEST mascara, but its cheap and works fine for me! UD Primer Potion is on my Sephora Wishlist.

  4. My favorite beauty products of 2009 are:

    -Pureology Nanoworks S&C
    -NARS Desire blush
    -Clarisonic (just started using it and love it already!)
    -OPI Midnight in Moscow polish
    -OPI Tutti Frutti polish


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